LONG BRANCH: The MOMS Club of Middletown-South had a big night this past weekend as they held a fundraiser at Charley's Ocean Grill in the city.
The club raised over $10,000 for the Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) Foundation in memory of Talia and Juliana Lauter.
Club vice president Danielle Collins said TTTS effects more babies each year than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and that the fundraiser was designed to raise awareness of the terrible disease.
"When (Moms Club member) Jessie Lauter lost both babies suddenly to this terrible disease, we knew it was important for the club to join together to support our friend and to raise money for the Foundation in her daughters' memory," Collins said.
TTTS is a condition in which the blood passes unequally between identical twins that share a placenta, and can be fatal for both, with or without intervention. The TTTS Foundation provides educational, emotional and financial support to families and medical professionals before, during, and after a diagnosis of the disease.
Dozens of local businesses donated to the club's gift basket raffle and helped sponsor the event, Collins said.
She said over 120 local mothers attended the fundraiser
The MOMS Club of Middletown-South is a local chapter of the national MOMS Club, a non-profit organization and support group of stay at home and part-time working mothers.